I’ve always known that I’d go into the domestic gas industry, whether I did an apprenticeship or not. I knew I wouldn’t go to University because you don’t need a degree for this industry. My family run a gas company, my Dad is the manager and my Mum does all the business administration for the company so it felt natural for me to follow in their footsteps and go into the family business as well.
I wanted to do an apprenticeship because I knew college wouldn’t be for me. I knew some of my friends were doing apprenticeships, and seeing them earning money while I was at college wouldn’t have been great for me. So, an apprenticeship was the perfect opportunity, I still wanted to learn, and working with my family does have its perks. I considered just working full time with them, but an apprenticeship meant that I get a qualification and my Dad gets a day off from me when I’m in college!
When I’m older, I want my own gas business so this apprenticeship is giving me the skills, experience and qualifications I need to do that. My day to day life involves going to people’s houses and providing them a certificate for maintaining their warranty, we do servicing of all gas appliances, and sometimes we do plumbing as well. I have such a high level of responsibility; it can be quite overwhelming. I go to people’s houses by myself and I do a lot of different things, not long ago my parents went on holiday, so I pretty much ran the business myself while my parents were away, that’s not something many people can say!
I enjoy my apprenticeship, and although my Dad can annoy me sometimes, I don’t regret it. Although I have to do work, I have so much freedom. I have money and weekends to myself, I’m going on a driving holiday next year with some friends, and I wouldn’t have been able to do that if I didn’t earn the money I do on an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship is for anyone, I would definitely recommend one.Start your Apprenticeship Journey!